Male and Female – In His Image
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On that first morning, sweeter than a tree-ripened peach, more beautiful than a flowering valley, God felt a void. There amidst the verdure, the teeming animal life, the crystal, rushing water, something was missing. That something was us. “And God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male … [Click to read more …]

Is the Sabbath the Goal or the Means to the Goal?
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More than a couple of times in my life, I have heard someone say, “My friend just accepted Jesus as their Savior. Now all we have to do is teach them about the Sabbath!” Whether they mean to or not, they are making it sound like the Sabbath is the goal. A relationship with Jesus … [Click to read more …]

05: Christ and the Sabbath – Hit the Mark
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“The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27 To my fellow Seventh-day Adventists, defenders and champions of the Ten Commandments. Something seems to be wrong with our observance of the Sabbath. I know I am speaking to only … [Click to read more …]

11: Our Prophetic Message – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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[Thought questions for Our Prophetic Message December 11, 2013] 1. “I saw another angel.” What do the messages of the three angels of Revelation have in common? Or are their messages distinct and different? How do the angels communicate their urgent messages with believers on Planet Earth? Would you rather see them flying in the sky … [Click to read more …]

Death and the Resurrection in Light of the Cross
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It’s that time of year when the leaves spring back onto barren trees and flowers bloom back to life. Every spring reminds me of the second coming and resurrection. I believe God lets everything die in the winter and come back in the spring to demonstrate for us His re-creation and resurrection power. Just as … [Click to read more …]

What Difference Does It Make?
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Several years ago, when we were all much younger, I was taking my older son, KC to his first cello lesson with a new teacher. I think he was in the third grade, and my younger son, Justin, was in second grade. If this hadn’t been the first lesson with this teacher, I would have … [Click to read more …]

12: Creation and the Gospel – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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“For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22, NIV). [Thought questions for Creation and the Gospel March 20, 2013] 1. All in Christ. If only God hadn’t made Adam and Eve free to sin. Wouldn’t it be a better world if we were not even tempted to … [Click to read more …]